Meghan McCain, conservative cohost of ABC’s “The View,” crushed whatever was left of Michael Wolff’s credibility during a Wednesday interview.Wolff’s new book about the Trump administration, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” has been questioned by journalists for getting basic details and quotes wrong.
McCain took Wolff to task over the many errors in his reporting, leaving him absolutely speechless at one point.
“You know, Michael, your credibility is being questioned. Trump said the book is full of lies…” McCain began before Wolff cut her off.
“Let’s remember who my credibility is being questioned by,” Wolff said
“Let me finish,” McCain retorted. “The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, New York Times’ John Martin, David Brooks, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Tony Blair, Tom Barrack, Kate Walsh, Anna Wintour, all denying quotes.”McCain continued the long list of people who have denied Wolff’s reporting, and Wolff sat there awkwardly unsure of how to respond.
Wolff ultimately responded for one mistake he made–mixing up Mike and Mark Berman–but dodged the rest and even suggested that The New York Times was just jealous that he had “scooped” them.
Meghan McCain sparred with “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff on “The View” Wednesday, confronting him over inconsistencies in his book.
McCain specifically criticized Wolff over an excerpt from his book that revealed a conversation between late Fox CEO Roger Ailes and former chief strategist Stephen Bannon. The conversation took place at an off-the-record dinner that was revealed after publication to have taken place at Wolff’s home.“Quite frankly, had you invited me to your house at any point before this book, I would have said ‘hell no, of course not.’” McCain said. “I don’t go to journalists’ house and start dishing about anything private … I’m just confused, were you friends with Steve Bannon and Roger Ailes beforehand and you were like, ‘come to my house for an off-the-record dinner’ and then you reported on it?”
“This was actually an off-the-record dinner,” Wolff began to say.
McCain interrupted, adding, “This is why people hate journalists by the way; it’s why I don’t believe in the concept of ‘off-the-record,’ this right here.”
Wolff defended his choice to include the conversation in his book, saying that Ailes’s death meant that “off-the-record died with the source.”
He added that after Ailes died, Bannon encouraged him to include the conversation in his book, telling him, “That was history.”McCain also jabbed Wolff over the numerous people who have doubted the veracity of some of his claims, reading a long list of journalists and prominent figures who have questioned Wolff’s reporting.
“There are a lot of factual errors in here,” she said.
She referenced the book “Game Change,” about her father Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential run, and questioned Wolff’s sources.
“This hits a special place for me because my family has been the subject of a book like this,” McCain said. “Traditionally, in situations like this, it’s the disgruntled staffers who aren’t loyal to their principle who give interviews like this.”